Top 8 Profiles

Posted in Event Coverage on May 7, 2017

By Chapman Sim

Learn more about Grand Prix Beijing's Top 8 competitors by taking a look through their profiles!


Wu Xuan

Hometown: China
Age: 33
Occupation: Office Assistant
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Friday Night Magic Top 8

Day 1 Summary:
9 – 0 (2 Byes). I had a Black-Red deck with Archfiend of Ifnir and Glorybringer.

Day 2 Summary:
I went 2-1 with a Blue-Red Fling deck and 1-1-1 with a White-Black deck with nothing spectacular.

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
I loved every moment that I won with Fling!

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Glorybringer, because well, you tell me... I also like Bone Picker because it is like a one mana card. As for my favorite common, it is Fling!

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
The Day Two Booster Draft portion was very difficult. It is very different from other Booster Draft formats.


Yi Shimin

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Age: 26
Occupation: IT Sales
Previous Magic Accomplishments: PTQ Finalist and Top 16 at Grand Prix Hong Kong 2015

Day 1 Summary:
8 – 1 (2 Byes). My Blue-Black control deck had Pull from Tomorrow and Cruel Reality.

Day 2 Summary:
My score for Draft 1 was 2-1 and I had a Black-White deck with double Bontu the Glorified. Then, I went 2-0-1 with a 5-color deck which had Glyph Keeper and Heaven // Earth.

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
My teammate Chen Yang drew with me and I was very happy to make the Top 8. However, it was also sad that he came in 9th.

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Liliana, Death's Majesty is great. I have won all my games on Magic Online whenever I cast her. Lay Bare the Heart is a great card that helps me win sideboard games. My favorite common is Final Reward, and I especially love it when I used it to kill Angel of Sanctions forever!

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
I had to sacrifice sleep in order to practice more on Magic Online for this event.


Kelvin Chew

Hometown: Singapore
Age: 30
Occupation: MTG Mint Card Pro Player
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Top 8 at Pro Tour Return to Ravnica. Two other Grand Prix Top 8s. Three-time Singapore National Champion.

Day 1 Summary:
7 – 2 (3 Byes). I played a four-color deck (no black) which had Pyramid of the Pantheon and Glorybringer.

Day 2 Summary:
I went 6-0, drafting Red-White both times. The best cards were Magma Spray and Heart-Piercer Manticore [respectively].

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
I mulliganed to 5 but won that game with a lucky topdeck to keep my Top 8 dream alive.

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Glorybringer, Bone Picker and Magma Spray.

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
Having only done around 10 drafts, I didn't feel I was prepared but Jason Chung and Zen Takahashi gave me a lot of tips. Team MTG Mint Card and Team MTG Bent Card also provided a lot of advice during our discussions.


Tomoharu Saito

Hometown: Takadanobaba, Tokyo
Age: 33
Occupation: Hareruya CEO / Pro Magic Player
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 5 Pro Tour Top 8s and 24 other Grand Prix Top 8s. (25 today!)

Day 1 Summary:
7 – 2 (2 Byes). I had a White-Black deck with Gideon of the Trials.

Day 2 Summary:
My first deck was Blue-Black with Archfiend of Ifnir and my second deck was Black-Green splash Blue with Honored Hydra. 6-0 in Day 2!

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
I had a lot of great food!

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Combat Celebrant because it is spicy, Cryptic Serpent because it is dreamy, and Fan Bearer because it is like a removal spell on a creature.

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
I didn't get enough sleep this weekend and it is difficult to stay awake sometimes.


Riku Kumagai

Hometown: Sendai, Japan
Age: 26
Occupation: Secret
Previous Magic Accomplishments: Grand Prix Tokyo 2016 Champion

Day 1 Summary:
9 – 0 (2 Byes). I had two decks, White-Green and White-Red but Tah-Crop Elite did a lot of work.

Day 2 Summary:
I went 3-0 in Draft 1 with a White-Black deck and Cartouche of Solidarity over-performed. I lost Round 13, but took two IDs to make Top 8.

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
9-0 on Day One is great!

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Glorybringer, Oketra's Monument, and Cartouche of Solidarity.

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
Making Top 8 was not easy at all.


Keita Kawasaki

Hometown: Osaka, Japan
Age: 31
Occupation: Office Worker of Big Magic
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2 other Grand Prix Top 8s

Day 1 Summary:
8 – 1 (2 Byes). I had two Regal Caracals in my White-Black deck. Meow!

Day 2 Summary:
3-0 with Blue-Green and 2-0-1 with Blue-Black. The best cards were Mouth // Feed and Pull from Tomorrow.

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
I had way too many rares than average. I played with 6 rares in my Sealed Deck and 5 rares in the second Booster Draft!

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Regal Caracal is my new favorite card! Lord of the Accursed and Cartouche of Strength are also very strong and they helped me win this weekend.

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
I passed a Spell Pierce Invocation to pick a card I needed in the second Booster Draft.


Riki Kamo

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Age: 28
Occupation: Magic Online Player
Previous Magic Accomplishments: This is my first Grand Prix Top 8!

Day 1 Summary:
6 – 2 - 1 (2 Byes). Scaled Behemoth was great in my White-Green deck. It helped me win a lot of games.

Day 2 Summary:
My first draft was Black-Green splash Blue and I had Liliana, Death's Majesty. Then, I drafted White-Red in the next draft and Emberhorn Minotaur was very strong.

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
I went 6-0 at the Booster Draft portion to make Top 8!

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
I can't decide which one I like more, Glorybringer, Angel of Sanctions or Archfiend of Ifnir, but my favorite uncommon and common are Edifice of Authority and Emberhorn Minotaur.

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
This Sealed Deck format is not easy and I am happy to make Day Two so I can draft!


Takuma Morifuji

Hometown: Fukuoka, Japan
Age: 36
Occupation: Company Employee
Previous Magic Accomplishments: 2005 Japan National Champion. 2006 World Team Champion. Two other Grand Prix Top 8s with one win.

Day 1 Summary:
8 – 1 (2 Byes). Gideon of the Trials and Oketra the True was great in my White-Green deck.

Day 2 Summary:
I had Merciless Javelineer in both my Black-Red decks and I went 3-0 and 1-0-2 for both drafts.

What was your favorite memory this weekend?
I had crazy good rares in my Sealed Deck.

What is your favorite rare, uncommon and common in Amonkhet Limited, and why?
Glorybringer, because it is usually a two for one if you time it well. Trial of Zeal and Magma Spray are also my favorites!

Trials are a centric theme in Amonkhet. What was the biggest trial/challenge you faced this weekend?
Winning my first Booster Draft was very tough, but once I did that I knew I had a good chance of making Top 8.

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